On entering New Zealand in March 2020 we were soon hit with increasingly severe restrictions due to the Covid 19 epidemic. Before the complete lock-down we snuck in a final hike to the summit of Grandview Mountain at the southern end of Lake Hawea, a new walk for us. The views from the top were indeed grand, although I most liked the views of rugged country we passed by along the way in the Grandview Creek Conservation Area.
The walk itself is mostly through Hawea Station on a vehicle track, and the whole thing can be mountain biked if you like that sort of thing (two riders passed us on the ascent). There was a lot of cow dung on the first part of the walk, which was unpleasant, but this thinned out and disappeared when we started to climb.
There’s roughly 1000m of ascent and descent, so enough for a decent workout. It’s signposted and straightforward the whole way to the summit. More information on the DOC website.